best of British luck, the—(often shortened to “best of British”) 1. is used to wish a person very good luck: Let me wish you the best of British luck. We know how testing the competition will be. 2. is used ironically, implying that the required luck may not materialize: The chances of them winning are, […]
best boy— 1. (coll.) one’s favorite friend: “I was his best boy,” Auguste told The Sunday Age. “I miss him dreadfully as a companion.” 2. (Film or TV production) assistant to the chief electrician: The gaffer’s assistant answers to the amusing title of best boy! best man—the groom’s aide at a wedding: Who will be […]
beside the question—not relevant to the subject under discussion: What you are saying may be true, but in this case it is completely beside the question. beyond question— 1. not subject to doubt or dispute: He may be a little careless in his work, but his loyalty to the company is beyond question. 2. unquestionably; […]
beside oneself—overpowered with some strong emotion (also: beyond oneself ): Toscanelli was beside himself with joy at finding his belief had proved true. out of oneself— 1. out of one’s normal mental condition: She seemed out of herself, like her spirit had been sunk with that ship half a world away. 2. = beside oneself: […]
bent out of shape—(sl.) upset, worried or angry: Jane is bent out of shape because she wanted to go to the zoo, but no one would take her. out of shape—(of an athlete) not well trained; in bad physical form: I also was out of shape, and quickly became out of breath.
bend the ear of someone—(coll.) talk to a person at length in a boring and bothering way: Humphrey bent the ear of Charles Murphy for nearly two hours. bend the ear to someone—give favorable attention to smb.: You can guarantee that the Administration will consistently bend the ear to its financial backers.
bench warmer —(coll.) a substitute in a sports team who seldom plays: He thought about leaving after the 1994 season, his third straight year as a bench-warmer. chair warmer—(coll.) 1. (derog.) an ineffective office holder or employee: The judge frowned at me. The courtroom chair warmers craned necks in my direction. 2. (pejor.) a person […]
below the weather—(Aviation) said of weather conditions at ground level: The pilot had flown the aircraft down in an attempt to remain below the weather. Cf.: above the weather—(also: over the weather) above the range of weather conditions at ground level: As our engines were designed to operate at low level there was no possibility […]
below someone—in a lower rank or station than another person: They have the right of censure that allows them to remove any officer below Colonel from command. Note: The expression is not equivalent in meaning to the phrase under someone—subordinated to or commanded by a person: You are under San Diego but any reports you […]
belong in something—(also: belong with something ) be in the correct place or situation: This kind of picture does not belong in a teenage magazine. belong to something—be a member of a group, party, etc.: A judge who belongs to a club that excludes women may have difficulty ruling on cases of sex discrimination.
belly up to the bar—(U.S. sl.) 1. go up to the bar to order a drink, etc.: It will be a great place to belly up to the bar, or just mingle before the shows. 2. get seriously involved; make a serious effort: There was hope for solving the crisis but it was time for […]
bell boy—an employee in a hotel who helps guests by carrying their luggage, running errands, etc.: Led by a “bell-boy” into the lift, she walked along a pale-gray river of corridor carpet. bell buoy—a floating buoy with a bell that gives a warning or positional signal to ships: You may hear the ringing bell buoy […]